Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
OLVER, John Walter (1936-)

OLVER, JOHN WALTER, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Honesdale, Wayne County, Pa., September 3, 1936; B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., 1955; M.S., Tufts University, Medford, Mass., 1956; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1961; instructor, Franklin Technical Institute, Joplin, Mo., 1956-1958; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., 1961-1962; faculty, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 1962-1969; member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1969-1972; member of the Massachusetts state senate, 1973-1991; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Second Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Silvio O. Conte, reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (June 4, 1991-January 3, 2013); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012.

State Library of Massachusetts
Special Collections Department
Boston, MA
Papers: 1969-1991, 17 linear feet.
This collection documents the period of John W. Olver's service as a Massachusetts legislator from 1969 through 1991. The materials in Series I. Olver Papers include legislation and testimonies given by Olver, legislation of the Senate and House during the 1980s, and Olver's subject files. Series II. Tax Commission includes correspondence, memoranda, notes, drafts of reports, reports, agendas, minutes, lists, budgets, data, legislative bills, press releases, editorial material, brochures, newsletters, booklets, and newspaper clippings relating to the work of the commission, its members, the staff, and consultants.


University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Special Collections and University Archives
Amherst, MA
Papers: ca. 1990-2012, 85.5 linear feet.
The John Olver papers contain thorough documentation of the congressman?s career in Washington, including records of his policy positions, committee work, communications with the public, and the initiatives he supported in transportation, economic development, the environment, energy policy, and human rights. Material in the collection was drawn from each of Olver?s three district offices (Holyoke, Pittsfield, and Fitchburg), as well his central office in Washington.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Video reels: 1972, 1 commercial on 1 videoreel.
The commercials were used during John Olver's campaign for the 1972 state senatorial election in District 73 of Massachusetts, Democratic Party.